The Correctional Officer: A Practical Guide

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The job of today's correctional officer is a demanding one, whether it is working in an adult prison or in a local jail. The correctional officer has the responsibility to safely confine criminal offenders, and, by doing so, properly keeps the public safe. This book is meant to give the reader, whether a student or a trainee, a clear, realistic understanding of what correctional officers do from patrolling cellblocks, preventing escapes and handling security issues to dealing with various types of offenders and their behaviors. Written by a retired jail officer and adjunct professor with over 27 years of experience in confinement, classification, community corrections, correctional officer training and corrections policy development, this updated edition discusses the following topics: Corrections: Definition, Offenders, Goals and Functions; Types of Correctional Facilities; Correctional Officers: Personnel Issues and Training; Early Development: Punishment and Early Prisons; The Development of the Modern Correctional Facility; An Examination of Today's Inmate; Special Populations and Methods of Handling; Physical Plant and Classification; Key and Tool Control, Headcounts, Searches and Transportation; Interacting with Inmates; Avoiding Manipulation; Inmate Violence; The Rights of Inmates. The Correctional Officer is realistically written, features a glossary of commonly used corrections terms and has been updated in detail. Each chapter contains discussion questions to assist both the college instructor and corrections trainer. This book has the following goals: To be a training resource for correctional agency training, to be used at the recruit and in service training levels so officers can improve their job skills; To provide insight into the history, philosophy and evolution of correctional systems; To provide to the correctional officer social, economical, vocational, educational and behavioral information about criminal offenders; To give information on maintaining positive traits and job skills that can enhance the career of the correctional officer.

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Gary F. Cornelius is a retired Lieutenant at the Correctional Services Division of the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office in Fairfax, VA.

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What Cornelius has done is presented us with a very useful textbook. The new officer, the seasoned veteran, the pre-professional, the training instructor and the college instructor will all benefit from this straight forward work by one of corrections most honest and talented authors. --Joe Bouchard, corrections.com

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